Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Vegetarian Soya Keema Curry

When I saw Nupur's post on Soya Its Not Keema Curry, I knew I wanted to try it out for the sheer beauty of spices and soya chunks meshing together. Worked well for me as I wanted to finish few things from pantry and they were all part of the specified recipe. I made few changes to suit our flavour and taste buds, added lot of Coriander leaves in minced form to add the extra fresh aroma. Worked wonders and we both loved it! Thanks Nupur and Kanchan - both for the original version and adapted version which was so healthy and tasty.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Recipe Source: Adapted from One Hot Stove's - Its not Keema recipe with original recipe from Kanchan's Mom's recipe: courtesy Kitchen Gossip

Soya Chunks (boiled) - 4 cups
Onions (minced) - 1 and 1/2 cup
Coriander leaves (minced) - 1/2 cup
Ginger - Garlic paste - 1 tablespoon
Chilli paste - 1 teaspoon
Tomatoes (minced) - 1 cup
Garam Masala - 1 tablespoon
Turmeric powder - 1/3 teaspoon
Red Chilli powder - 1/3 teaspoon

For the spice powder -
Coconut powder (dry) - 3-4 tablespoon
Cloves - 2
Cinnamon - 1" stick
Dry Coconut powder - 3 tablespoon
Coriander seeds - 2 tablespoon
Poppy seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Whole Black Peppercorns - 1/2 teaspoon
Cardamom pods (optional) - 1

Garnish: Chopped Coriander leaves - few strands

Wash the Soya chunks in water thoroughly and soak in warm water with 2-3 changes to clean them evenly. Keep aside. Grind all the items in spice powder to a dry powder, hence do not add water.
In a deep thick bottomed pan, heat few teaspoon of oil/ghee, saute Onions and Tomatoes till they are mushy. Once they are cooked, add the spice powder and gently stir for few minutes. Add the ground ginger-garlic paste and minced Coriander leaves as well the chilli paste, add Turmeric powder and Red Chilli powder. Mix to a good consistency and do not lot of water, add water only if you want a semi-liquid consistency. Bring to boil and simmer on low flame for 5-8 minutes or until completely cooked. Garnish with Coriander leaves and serve hot with bread of choice.


  1. Glad you enjoyed it, Ashwini! Kanchan's mom's recipe is surely a keeper.

  2. @ Nupur -
    Thanks. We both loved this novel way of cooking Soya chunks, so tasty and oh yes, just like Keema. :)


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